Grande: RT:Men in Fedoras

Grande: RT:Men in Fedoras

Men in Fedoras
Robert Thornton was inspired to paint “Baseball” when he saw a newspaper image of fans with fedoras in the stands circa 1940’s. This “Grande Painting” has a central panel of the bleachers and two sides of baseball players. This 1940’s photo of the New York Giants bleachers is testament to Thornton’s inspiration.

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In a related work of Thornton’s baseball players with fans with fedora’s is Carmel Vitullos 1950’s photograph of Federal Hill in Providence. Her photo reminds us of the more sinister side of fedora’s becoming widely associated with gangsters and prohibition. The Fedora became popular in the 1920’s and 1950’s. Widely associated with gangsters and prohibition. In the late 1950’s the fedora fell out of favor.

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